Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has defended scores of companies against sharp-elbowed investors. Now it’s on the other side.
Report finds that Monica Lewinsky was mistreated by the federal government -- and not just by the head of the Executive Branch.
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Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Thursday, October 30, 2014: Former Canadian citizenship judge jailed for illegally revealing citizenship exams New Zealanders to vote on removing Union Jack from flagShow More Summary
There are days when you wonder what life must be like as a PR person for the MPAA. I mean, it must take an extraordinary amount of either cognitive dissonance or will power to avoid bursting out laughing at writing the opening sentence...Show More Summary
Will we have a nominee for Attorney General Eric Holder’s position “shortly after the election”? Per a White House spokesperson, our lame-duck Congress might just get a chance to confirm America’s next top lawyer. [WSJ Law Blog] InShow More Summary
One instance of abusively broad litigation discovery down, 437,816 to go. [WSJ Law Blog, Houston Chronicle, City of Houston, earlier] Tweet Tags: churches, discovery, Houston Houston mayor withdraws pastor subpoenas is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system
Trademark, while generally one of the better forms of intellectual property as used in practice and in purpose, can certainly still be abused. It can also fall victim to an ever-growing ownership culture that seems to have invaded the American mind like some kind of brain-eating amoeba. Show More Summary
by Dennis Crouch This morning I mentioned one bit of the ongoing software-patent debate to my 9-year-old daughter. I told her that some people argue that the computer is a different machine when it is running Microsoft Word than when it is running her WarriorCat game. As an old Newtonian mechanical engineer, that argument never sits well […]
The Ninth Circuit is not kidding about not presuming irreparable harm in trademark cases. Titaness Light Shop, LLC v. Sunlight Supply, Inc., No. 13-16959 (9th Cir. Oct. 9, 2014) Sunlight uses “Titan Controls” for devices that control indoor gardening equipment. Show More Summary
In re Milo’s Dog Treats Consolidated Cases, 9 F.Supp.3d 523 (W.D. Pa. 2014) The court adopted the magistrate judge’s recommendation to grant defendants’ motion to dismiss unjust enrichment claims, but to deny the motion as to the consumer protection and warranty claims in this dog jerky contamination case. Show More Summary
Gedalia v. Whole Foods Market Services, Inc., 2014 WL 5315030, No. 4:13–CV–3517 (S.D. Tex. Sept. 30, 2014) Gedalia sued on behalf of a putative class of people who bought Whole Foods’s private-label 365 Organic and 365 Everyday Value products allegedly falsely labelled as being organic, natural, and/or GMO-free. Show More Summary
Faegin, v. LivingSocial, Inc., No. 14cv00418, 2014 WL 5307186 (S.D. Cal. Oct. 15, 2014) Plaintiffs (A.T. Your Service Cleaning and Janitorial) sued defendants for trademark infringement and related business torts. ATYS is a cleaning service in San Diego. Show More Summary
A.H. Lundberg Associates, Inc. v. TSI, Inc., No. C14–1160, 2014 WL 5365514 (W.D. Wash. Oct. 21, 2014) The parties compete to make and supply equipment to various processing industries. Defendant TSI specializes in wood and biomass, and began purchasing plaintiff Lundberg’s products in 2007. Show More Summary
Effect of Copyright Infringement on Creative Incentives Facilitator: Chris Sprigman (NYU) Panelists: Joel Waldfogel (Minnesota Carlson School of Management) Topic: The strengths and limits of the natural experiment methodology to explore...Show More Summary
Trademark breakout session #2: Counterfeiting and Its Effect on the Market for the Genuine Article Facilitator: Scott Hemphill (Columbia; Visiting Professor, NYU) Why we care: innovation policy; enforcement policy. Debate over magnitude:...Show More Summary
Plenary Session: Measuring Consumer Confusion in Trademark Infringement Facilitator: Barton Beebe (NYU) Lanham Act: confusion is vaguely defined. Used to include “purchasers” but Congress deleted that phrase. 43(a)’s language is even broader. Show More Summary
Plenary Session: How Do Patents Affect Innovation? Facilitator: Katherine Strandburg (NYU) Longer history of empirical work in patent, but still difficulty answering basic question of effect on innovation. In 1958, economist Fritz Machlup...Show More Summary
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